Man City in driving seat after Manchester derby
Posted on 6:24pm Tuesday 1st May 2012
Manchester City are first place in the Barclay’s Premier League after winning the Manchester Derby last night 1-0. Manchester United were 3 points ahead of rivals City, although City is ahead as their goal difference is 8 better. Vincent Kompany scored the decisive goal in the 45th minute of the game, giving City the edge right before the break. Kompany dropped off the shoulder of Chris Smalling to meet David Silva’s beautifully executed corner with a powerful header.
The real significance of this goal won’t be able to be determined until both teams play their final 2 games. City have to travel to Newcastle before hosting QPR, whilst United have to entertain Swansea before going to Sunderland on the final day of the season.
The derby was an anti-climax for many viewers, as it was a tight, cagey match. One of the few highlights was when Sir Alex Ferguson exploded with rage at the sight of Nigel de Jong catching Danny Welbeck with a nasty challenge in the 76th minute, and becoming embroiled in a furious exchange with Mancini. They had to be separated by the fourth official and a steward, with coach David Platt pulling Mancini away and the United kit man restraining an incandescent Ferguson.
My money would be on Ferguson.